|Joule House, , University of Salford, Salford, UK, M5 4WT.|
Jess is a Research Fellow with interests in creativity, cultural meaning and urban sustainability. Jessica joined SURF in May 2014 and contributes as an anthropologist to the Cultural Intermediation Project which aims to explore cultural intermediation in the creative urban economy through fieldwork and analysis, part of the AHRC Connected Communities Programme. Jessica is focused on creativity as an adaptive process and how organisations act as enablers and barriers to it. Key areas of enquiry include: political influences on city making processes; the dynamics of collaborative creativity and co-production; the role of artists and other ‘creatives’ in working around organizational barriers; alignment of anthropology and art; and the potential for anthropology as a storytelling medium to engage in futures thinking.